German Jew rising in ranks of Miss Germany contest
By Hailey Philbin
When I think of Germany, I think of warm, apple strudel, twisted pretzels, the Bavarian Alps, and, of course, a stein of cold beer. However, I also think of Germany’s complex history. The mid-20th century witnessed the rise of the Third Reich under the power of the Nationalist Socialist German ...
Holocaust survivor leaves inspiring message to Hillel students
By Erin Garry
Determination was the mentality that Barney Sidler needed to survive the Holocaust, and it was the overall message he instilled in students at Hillel on Monday night where he told his story of survival.
Sidler, grandfather of senior Margo Bernhaut, was one of 11 family members to survive the Holocaust ...
Tasteless Anne Frank Halloween costume belittles horror of Holocaust
By Mitzpeh Staff
As soon as Halloween ends, many children start counting down until the next October 31st. As Halloween gets closer, children look forward to trick-or-treating with friends, observing spirited decorations, and most of all, planning their costumes. There is little that can stand in the way of this Halloween spirit and ...
Jew You Should Know: James Glass
By Harrison Goldstein
For the Mitzpeh
Dr. James Glass has made a habit of looking at things differently than everybody else.
Glass, who has been teaching at this university for 47 years, has written six books based on his research on social and political theory, ethics, mental illness, and trauma. However, what makes Glass, ...
Trump administration should look to replace ineffective press secretary
By Jacqueline Hyman
In the last few months, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has had to clarify some confusing and controversial statements from President Donald Trump. And up until this past week, I had some sympathy for him. After all, making sense of Trump’s less than conventional statements can’t be an ...
Holocaust reparations from France legitimate but don’t erase suffering
By Mitzpeh Staff
On Sept. 15, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. State Department had approved that France pay $11 million in reparations to Holocaust survivors. The payments are in regards to Holocaust survivors who traveled from France to concentration camps through the state-owned French railway, or SNCF. The payment ...
Holocaust survivor speaks to UMD students about hope
By Dayna Gillespie, for the Mitzpeh, @Mitzpeh
Dr. Mark Strauss, Holocaust survivor and world-renowned artist, spoke to more than 60 students at Maryland Hillel on Oct. 15.
He described his story as a “miracle” and recounted his life struggles under Nazi rule in his native Poland.
“We are so excited and so honored to have Dr. ...
Remembering Holocaust: Responsibility accompanies sense of comfort
By Jake Baum, for the Mitzpeh, @jakeatumd
Social justice campaigns overwhelm our social media, fighting against issues such as global climate change, poverty and most importantly, bigotry of any kind. We’ve reached a point in history when hateful thoughts are a thing of the past and systematic discrimination simply ...
Over 150 join AEPi’s ‘Walk to Remember’
By Rachel Askinasi, for the Mitzpeh, @raskinasi
The brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi revived a national tradition April 16 and walked through campus to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day and help make sure that people never forget.
After a four year lull, Alex Spector, president of the AEPi chapter at this university, decided to start the ...
Students host discussion to remember the forgotten
MICA and Hamsa spark discussion about the Nazi persecution of the queer and Jewish communities
By Camille Chrysostom, for the Mitzpeh, @Mitzpeh
The office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) sponsored an event Wednesday, April 15 to remember the persecuted Queer and Jewish victims of the Holocaust in honor of ...